Valentines day is just around the corner and couples will be looking to do something special on the night, whether it's a movie or a date at a fancy restaurant. For some a gaming session for two is in order. Some may not have anyone to spend the 14th of February with. Either way you're bound to have a good time with one of these options.
1. Gears of War
Gears of War attracts women. Perhaps it's because of the lack of the stereotypical female characters with massive breasts. It may also be the extremely intuitive and fluid combat system that has inspired the third person tactical shooter genre. You want proof of this? I guarantee that if you set up a quick co-op game with your better half you're more likely to get more gameplay out of him or her with a copy of Gears of War than with many other titles. Either way Gears stands on its own here as a strong contender.
2. Portal 2
While not as accessible as the Gears of War series, Portal 2 has a great co-operative play system. Valve designed unique levels to be playable with a friend or loved one. To add to this, there are no ballistic weapons being used and each player has to play a part in solving the huge three-dimensional puzzles that the game offers. GladOS is pretty entertaining too. Just remember, the weighted companion cube isn't your only friend in the world of Portal 2.
3. Diablo III
Blizzard's much loved and equally hated hack 'n slasher deserves a place on this list purely because of how much better it plays on a controller as opposed to keyboard and mouse. Why's it worth a play with a partner? First off, there's no split screen and games can be joined and left at will. Up to four players can join in and the screen zooms out as teammates move apart. There will also be a next-gen console release of the forthcoming Reaper of Souls expansion that looks to rekindle the dark ways of Diablo II. Just remember, no Storefront means no hassle in finding great items in your loot.
4. Mass Effect 3
What do you get when you give players the opportunity to create and customise their own protagonist in almost every way? Well, a greater sense of immersion for a start. Each game in the Mass Effect
series has featured impeccable writing and storytelling while focusing strongly on emotional quality. The chances are that you'll probably be partial to someone in your crew on the Normandy, male or female. Personally, Liara was the one for me from the first. To show just how gender neutral Bioware was with the final instalment of Mass Effect,
they actually added gay relationships for players so inclined. The last game added a strong multiplayer component which still thrives today. If you don't believe me, check out this article
I wrote last year in July.
5. Rayman Legends
Ubisoft developed Rayman's latest outing on figuratively every platform. It doesn't matter which console or system you have, you'll still be able to play it. The controls are mindbendingly smooth while the game has tonnes of graphical and aural variation to boot. On the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 you'll be able to play co-operatively on the same machine, which should make some of the later levels much less challenging, especially since the demands on you increase the way they do later on. It's a surprisingly intelligent game and one pretty much everyone can get into in almost no time at all. How about a game of Kung Foot then?
Every one of these games are worth a shot. Some may be more accessible than others but depending on how much of a gamer your partner is there is bound to be something for him or her to enjoy with your company. Even if you don't have anyone to snuggle up to you still have your games right?
What games do you play with your partner? Tell us about them in the comments below.
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